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riches139
02-16-2006, 07:54 PM
Hey guys,

I think you need to know about ProLockers. I see a lot of questions regarding securing multiple mowers on a single trailer. You only need one ProLocker per piece of equipment. I prefer to mount them on the left and right side and stagger them and if your loading two ZTRs catching the opposite caster wheel on each side and on a standard 78 inch wide trailer ProLockers mounted on left or right side and staggered you can get up to a 60 inch deck past them without any adjustment or removing the ProLockers. If your ProLocker is adjusted for a 50 inch deck (ztr) and now you want to put a 60 inch in that same location, the ProLocker is on a track so you can move it left to right up to 12 inches to accomodate the larger or smaller mower. If you have a PE-WL300 ztr model mounted in the front of your trailer then the PE-WL200 in the back of your trailer for your walk behind and you wanted to switch and put your walk behind in the front and your ztr to the rear, all you have to do is pull one pin and interchange them in the brackets because they all have the same footprint and can be interchanged without unbolting your mounting straps. Very simple and only takes a second.

New cargo securement rules, federally mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration/DOT, 49 CFR Parts 392 and 393, development of North American Standards against shifting and falling cargo final rules went into effect January 1, 2004. The intent of this rule making is to reduce the number of accidents caused by cargo shifting on or within or falling from commercial motor vehicles. However, the rule generally does not prohibit the use of tie downs and cargo securement devices currently in use. Therefore, motor carriers are not required to purchase new cargo securement equipment to comply with the rules. Safe and proper working conditions for tie-downs: Final rule includes any cargo over 5 feet in length require 4 points of contact. The use of any cargo securement device with any visible damage, including but not limited to cracks, cuts, deformation, regardless of whether there was any reason to believe there would be a safety problem are not satisfactory. Tie downs must meet applicable manufacturing standards incorporated in references in 393.102.

Cargo securement systems (ProLockers), meet new performance requirements to satisfy the new rules. The system must be capable of withstanding the following 3 forces applied separately:
1. 0.8 G's deceleration in the forward direction
2. 0.5 G's acceleration in the rearward direction
3. 0.5 G's acceleration in the latter direction
(CFR 393.102)

ProLockers are designed and tested to meet these requirements of cargo that has the tendency to shift or roll (lawn equipment, etc) up to 1,500 lbs. of weight per unit.

The new laws are designed to prevent accidents from cargo shiftment or falling or falling from a vehicle which they have found in their studies to be the cause of most accidents involving cargo. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration/DOT does not expect cargo securement systems and or devices to restrain cargo in an accident but if you are involved in an accident involving improperly secured cargo you will be held liable. Whether its a gas can or a lawn mower, it does not matter. The new laws went into effect 2004 nationwide, federal government however, allows a transition period to allow everyone to become compliant and familiarize themselves with the new laws. We are into the second year, they will not be so lenient and will begin writing tickets. $$$ Some states faster than others. The federal government, to assure enforcement of these new rules on state level, will be auditing the states on an annual basis and if they are not enforcing these new laws they will be penalized with reduction in federal funding. So make sure, whether straps or tie-downs or ProLockers, they are load graded and meet the new cargo securement rules. Not to knock anybody else's products, but the odds are if they don't state they meet the requirements, odds are that they do not.

Sorry to be so long winded.

Mark Kenny
ProLawn Equipment/ProLockers

Any questions, feel free to call (772) 229-1690
For more information regarding new federally mandated laws visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov

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